Big man on campus
February 20, 2012
Senior Logan Thomas hopes to be remembered as more than just a baseball player
By Tyann Mullen / Staff Writer
When he's not busy keeping up a 4.0 grade point average or participating in various campus committees such as Welcome Week, senior Logan Thomas is on the mound.
Growing up in Melbourne, Fla., Thomas kept busy throughout the years playing basketball and football as he eagerly awaited his favorite season, baseball.
Now, a senior and starting pitcher at Palm Beach Atlantic University, he recalls baseball always being a part of his life.
"Ever since I could pick up a baseball I pretty much played," Thomas said. "My dad loved to play and he passed that on to me."
Deciding where to attend college, Thomas found PBA to be a perfect fit. It provided an opportunity to not only work on his game, but to also work on his spirit.
"It was a school I knew I could not only grow physically and mentally, but spiritually," Thomas said.
While at PBA, Thomas has learned to use baseball as a platform for Christ and the gospel.
"In my time here it has taught me that I'm a Christian that happens to be a baseball player, not a baseball player that happens to be a Christian," Thomas said.
Majoring in mathematics with a minor in Biblical Studies, Thomas juggles his high GPA with four-hour practices every day of the week.
During the fall when it's not baseball season he participated in Welcome Week.
"He is extremely good at time management, and people who are like that are generally more likely to succeed because they know how to plan," said Clayton Kolb, director of Campus Connections. "He has a relationship with Christ and wants to glorify God, and for those reasons he will achieve anything he sets his mind to."
He looks to graduate this semester knowing that he put forth his best effort all around.
"It's a pretty big accomplishment for me to keep up with my grades while playing a sport," Thomas said.
Although baseball takes up a lot of his time, Thomas enjoys the time to spend with the team and learn more about each other.
"This year we're becoming more of a family than a team," Thomas said. "We're supporting each other and genuinely caring about each other."
Sailfish catcher Travis Murray is one player that noticed Thomas' dedication.
"He doesn't let anything distract him from what he is trying to do in life, or on the mound," Murray said.
After graduation, Thomas plans to earn a master's degree in Engineering.
Although he would love to play baseball after college, Thomas is uncertain if that is in God's plans, but he's okay with that.
"Whether it's playing baseball, going to school, or working, I want to be where the Lord wants me," Thomas said.
Thomas believes that this is will be a good season for PBA baseball.
A shot at a championship is the goal for every season, but this year it's personal. He attributes the determination of the team this year to head coach Gary Carter.
"We have a good shot to do something special this year and with what happened to Coach, we want to play for him," Thomas said.